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A Civilized Community: A History of Social Security in New Zealand

A Carved Cloak for Tahu: A History of Ngai Tahu Matawhaiti

by Mere Whaanga

Oral histories, legends, and accounts of contemporary life of a New Zealand Maori tribe are presented in this cultural that includes colonial histories of the Native Land Court and traditional histories from...


Cadwallader Colden: A Biography

by Seymour I. Schwartz

The first complete biography of Cadwallader Colden (1688-1776), the longest-serving Lieutenant Governor of New York and a brilliant intellectual, multifaceted colonial Renaissance man, and consummate royalist....


No One Had a Tongue to Speak: The Untold Story of One of History's Deadliest Floods

by Utpal Sandesara

On August 11, 1979, after a week of extraordinary monsoon rains in the Indian state of Gujarat, the two mile-long Machhu Dam-II disintegrated. The waters released from the dam’s massive reservoir rushed through...


The Mystery of Maddy Heisler

by Daniel Lillford

As a young man in the midst of World War II, Jacob fell in love with an older woman and began a rapturous affair, until she seemingly vanished. As strange things start to happen around him, a familiar young...


Our America: A Hispanic History of the United States

by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

“A rich and moving chronicle for our very present.” —Julio Ortega, New York Times Book Review The United States is still typically conceived of as an offshoot of England, with our history unfolding east...


Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History Without the Fairy-Tale Endings

by Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie

You think you know her story. You’ve read the Brothers Grimm, you’ve watched the Disney cartoons, and you cheered as these virtuous women lived happily ever after. But real princesses didn't always get...


Gypsy Music in European Culture: From the Late Eighteenth to the Early Twentieth Centuries

Tomorrow-Land: The 1964-65 World's Fair and the Transformation of America

by Joseph Tirella

Motivated by potentially turning Flushing Meadows, literally a land of refuse, into his greatest public park, Robert Moses—New York's "Master Builder"—brought the World's Fair to the Big Apple for 1964...


A.D. 381: Heretics, Pagans, and the Christian State

by Charles Freeman

A provoking and timely examination of one of the most important periods in Church history

In A.D. 381, Theodosius, emperor of the eastern Roman empire, issued a decree in which all his subjects were required...


Patriot's History® of the Modern World, Vol. II: From the Cold War to the Age of Entitlement, 1945-2012

by Larry Schweikart & Dave Dougherty

The bestselling historians turn their focus to America's role in the world since the end of World War II

Schweikart, author of the number one New York Times bestseller A Patriot's History of the United States...


Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line

by Martha A. Sandweiss

Read Martha A. Sandweiss's posts on the Penguin Blog

The secret double life of the man who mapped the American West, and the woman he loved

Clarence King was a late nineteenth-century celebrity, a brilliant...


Nothing to Fear: FDR's Inner Circle and the Hundred Days That Created ModernAmerica

by Adam Cohen

"A fascinating account of an extraordinary moment in the life of the United States." --The New York Times

With the world currently in the grips of a financial crisis unlike anything since the Great Depression,...


A People's History of the Supreme Court: The Men and Women Whose Cases and Decisions Have Shaped OurConstitution: Revised Edition

by Peter Irons

Recent changes in the Supreme Court have placed the venerable institution at the forefront of current affairs, making this comprehensive and engaging work as timely as ever. In the tradition of Howard Zinn's...


The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Founding Fathers: and the Birth of our Nation

by Ray Raphael

Essential reading for anyone interested in the leaders who shaped our nation.

Popular interest in the Founding Fathers has surged over the past decade and is beginning to rival interest in the Civil War. People...


The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Civil War, 3rd Edition

by Ph.D., Alan Axelrod

A battle ready guide to the deadliest war in American history.

Completely revised for the Sesquicentennial, The Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to the Civil War, Third Edition is a comprehensive overview of America's...


Unfamiliar Fishes

by Sarah Vowell

From Puritans to heathens-Sarah Vowell takes on Hawaii in this New York Times bestseller.

Of all the countries the United States invaded or colonized in 1898, Sarah Vowell considers the story of the Americanization...


Royal Pains: A Rogues' Gallery of Brats, Brutes, and Bad Seeds

by Leslie Carroll

The author of Notorious Royal Marriages presents some of history's boldest, baddest, and bawdiest royals.

The bad seeds on the family trees of the most powerful royal houses of Europe often became the most...


Looking for Jimmy: A Search for Irish America

by Peter Quinn

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA


Freemasonry: An Introduction

by Ph.D., Mark E. Kolko-Rivera

An experienced Freemason and award-winning psychologist provides a precise and engaging exploration of the core meaning and practices of Freemasonry for the new generation of people interested in joining the...